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30 days in Philippines

May 25, 2015 — by Mama fish2

In 2013 we decided a family vacation on the beach was just the adventure we were looking for. Naturally, no just any beach would do. Here are some of the requirements that needed to be fulfilled for us, as we considered the perfect paradise destination:

  • Off the beaten path was a must. Not only for less tourist , but for authenticity as well.

  • Not very expensive, but a high value for the money spent is important. We like to have the choice to splurge, not the reverse.

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Travel Kit

April 27, 2015 — by Mama fish0


First Aid Kit to travel

The first aid kit for a hiker or climber is normal to have in the backpack. For a traveler, it is equally important, yet often overlooked. Everyone should carry a first aid kit, varying in size and content, depending on travel destination and duration. Since having children, naturally our “health kit” has adjusted the needs of not only ourselves, but our children.

Previous analysis

Before any trip, you must check: what is the availability of medicine in the country or countries. What possible diseases can be contracted? Are there any obvious possible injuries that may occur due to the activities to be performed (e.g. hiking).

It is not the same when one is traveling in Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Georgia or France. If traveling within the European Union or North America countries, drugs are easily accessible. As well as doctors and hospitals. Furthermore, in certain countries of Africa, it may be required to petition a doctor by helicopter or a long distant drive of up to 200km for appropriate medical treatment.


If you are planning a trip to the USA, European Union countries, and/or a main city-like village not too far from civilization, your minimum First Aid should include:

  • Paracetamol

  • Children Paracetamol

  • Ibuprofen

  • Cotton

  • Scissors

  • Bandaids

  • Antiseptic

  • Scissors (may be taken at airport control if not checked in)

  • Tweezers

  • Saline eye drops

  • Digital thermometer


If you are planning to travel in a country with more risk and less health care, additionally include:

  • Disposable latex-free gloves

  • Adhesive bandages, multiple sizes

  • Gauze

  • Adhesive tape

  • Elastic bandage wrap

  • 1% hydro-cortisone cream

  • Anti fungal and antibacterial cream

  • Insect repellent (if the country has mosquitoes)

  • Water purification tablets (you never know when you will need them)

  • Antihistamine tablets

  • Tablets for light diarrhea

  • Antibiotics for severe diarrhea or other sever infection

  • Serum oral re-hydration (in case of diarrhea)

  • Antimalarial medications (in case you need it)


Having a good First Aid kit can be the bombshell or deal breaker of your adventurous family vacation. Whether you choose to bring the minimum or the maximum health care products for both you and and you children, be sure to maintain good rest, hydrated, and up to date products (frequently check and replace goods as necessary). What other products has your family found useful or an absolute life saver when traveling with your kids.

Thanks to Christina Xu for the picture of the First aid Kit

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Tours in Lagodekhi

April 25, 2015 — by Mama fish0




We have collected some useful information for hiking or backriding in the Lagodekhi Nature Reserve and in the Lagodekhi Managed Reserve. Our intention is to help promote green tourism in this area and help visitors organized in advance their visit.

Map of Lagodekhi National Park or nature reserve, Georgia
Map of the Lagodekhi Nature reserve and the Lagodekhi Managed Reserve, Georgia


Travel Itch

April 22, 2015 — by Mama fish0


I’ve been feeling quite “itchy” recently. An itch to get back in the kitchen. An itch to go shopping for summer clothes. An itch to be irresponsible and just let things go. More importantly than any of those itches, I have a major itch to pack up the family, hop on a plane, and go somewhere new. Do you ever get this feeling?

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Tbilisi Yerevan Train

March 19, 2015 — by Big Fish0


Georgia to Armenia by Train

After being in Georgia for more than a month, we decided to visit Armenia for two weeks.

We arrived in Yerevan by the famous Tbilisi Yerevan train . Here is the process cross borders between Georgia and Armenia.

Train Tickets

We bought the tickets 2 days in advance. The day we were in the Central Train Station, we had the opportunity to take the train the next day, but we had to pay first class. First class offers 2 sharing a cabin and second class 4 sharing a cabin. Since we were 4, we decided to wait two more days. The girl at the ticket office spoke English sufficiently to inform us with the necessary information we needed. You can pay with cash or by credit card . You will need to present your passports to verify the train tickets are yours with correct names and ages stated on each of the tickets. You can also book your tickets online, up to 15 days in advance. However, the website is not very friendly or easy to navigate. We were traveling in high season (July) and were told it would not be easy to get tickets within the same week we wanted to travel. Though the train was very full, if you are flexible by one day or two, you should have no problem getting a cabin on the train.

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Planes, trains, automobiles and kids

March 11, 2015 — by Mama fish0


Here is our secret to start the best family vacation ever.


Deia took her first trans-atlantic flight when she was 6 weeks old. It was a complete success! Though we were a bit weary, Teo took his first long-haul business-class flight at 11 months old. Another complete success! Since, both of our children have taken numerous 8+ hour flights and to date we have never had a fuss-crying child – knock on wood. We are always asked how we do it and how are our kids so great. Here’s our secret:

Be Positive. Probably the most important factor of all when preparing to take a flight is your own confidence in the behaviour of your children. If you freak out or are nervous that your children are going to misbehave, chances are – they will. Our children feed off our own energy and nerves.


Family Trip for Big Fish

March 5, 2015 — by Big Fish1


Learn with Big Fish how to travel and where...

While Mama Fish (Nikol) writes about travel experiences, feelings, and places that steal our hearts, I (Big Fish) will focus on the “practical” parts of our family trips and share these with you.

If you’re looking for a deep explanation about a specific location, Nikol will probably give you a better taste for the place in her articles and keep be found in our archived articles or under the tabs on our landing page of this blog. If you can’t find what you are looking for, you are always welcome to send us an email questions or concerns. Where we can help, with pleasure we will. However, if you are looking for a concise explanation with all the details you need to know for you upcoming travel plans (planes, trains, automobiles, hotels, etc), you will probably find these in my posts. As stated in our “Meet our shoal” I am the perfectionist. I am the one who remembers all the strange names of places we have been and how we got there. Nikol, well she flies by the seat of her pants and basks in the moment. She only holds memories of the essence of the place and the true experience we had there.

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6 Tips for a Family Trip

February 26, 2015 — by Big Fish0


Making the most of your buck and adjusting your budget to fit your travel needs is more about flexibility and adventure, than thinking any trip is out of reach. When traveling as a family over-all budget becomes very important because it can add up quickly. Here are a few small fish tricks to consider while not spending a fortune along the way. The world is your oyster, here’s your opportunity to take it by by storm,


Living the dream

February 24, 2015 — by apalomar1


What "Living the Dream" means for us. A Family Travel Blog.

This statement is globally used by people every day, but what does it exactly refer to? Think about it for a moment: Living the dream.

In our experience, this term has come up in two very specific occasions. First, in 2008, we were “Living the Dream” when we quit our big company jobs to open our own businesses (CrossFit Canarias, FunctionalWOD) where we could do whatever we wanted and had complete control of the quality of lives we desired to live. Next, in 2014, we were (once again) “Living the Dream” when we decided to take the world by storm and turn our indefinite future into one big vacation with Small Fish Big World.

It is very true that in our work oriented culture, travel or vacation-time is limited to a short 2-3 weeks. Naturally, making it very difficult to experience culture and the sense of adventure when all one wants to do is relax, recover, and prepare for yet another long burst of working days. It is after those short weeks when the magic happens, the adventure captures your soul, the child in you comes alive…the dream is planted.

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